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ANA Code of Ethics – What are the 9 Provisions of Nursing?

In the latest survey conducted Gallup, NURSES came out on top for honesty and ethics. Keeping its streak of being ranked 1st place in the said criterion for the seventeenth (17th) straight year.

The nursing profession had its rating pumped up from the previous year from eighty-two percent (82%) to two marks higher with eighty-four percent (84%) or more than four out of five Americans rating nurses’ honesty and ethical standards either “very high” or “high”.

How are nurses able to hold its top position in the said ranking for this long?  My best bet would be that it’s going to be attributed to the standards set for them by the ANA Code of Ethics. The said code has nine (9) provisions and these provisions encapsulates the words that every nurse in the United States live by.

Without further ado, I give you the Code of Ethics for Nurses (with Interpretive Statements) published by the American Nurses Association.

Provision 1

The nurse practices with compassion and respect for inherent dignity, worth and unique attributes of every person.

1.1 Respect For Human Dignity
1.2 Relationships with Patients
1.3 The Nature of Health
1.4 The Right to Self-Determination
1.5 Relationships with Colleagues and Others

Provision 2

The nurse’s primary commitment is to the patient, whether an individual, family group, community or population

2.1 Primacy of the Patient’s Interests
2.2 Conflict of Interest for Nurses
2.3 Collaboration
2.4 Professional Boundaries

Provision 3

The nurse promotes, advocates for, and protects the rights, health, and safety of the patient.

3.1 Protection of the Rights of Privacy and Confidentiality
3.2 Protection of Human Participants in Research
3.3 Performance Standards and Review Mechanisms
3.4 Professional Responsibility in Promoting a Culture of Safety

3.5 Protection of Patient Health and Safety by Acting on Questionable Practice
3.6 Patient Protection and Impaired Practice

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Provision 4

The nurse has authority, accountability, and responsibility for nursing practice: makes decisions; and takes action consistent with the obligation to promote health and to provide optimal care.

4.1 Authority, Accountability, and Responsibility
4.2 Accountability for Nursing Judgments, Decisions, and Actions
4.3 Responsibility for Nursing Judgments, Decisions, and Actions
4.4 Assignment and Delegation of Nursing Activities or Tasks

Provision 5

The nurse owes the same duties to self as to others, including the responsibility to promote health and safety, preserve wholeness of character and integrity, maintain competence, and continue personal and professional growth.

5.1 Duties to Self and Others
5.2 Promotion of Personal Health, Safety, and Well-Being
5.3 Preservation of Wholeness of Character
5.4 Preservation of Integrity
5.5 Maintenance of Competence and Continuation of Professional Growth
5.6 Continuation of Personal Growth

Provision 6

The nurse, through individual and collective effort, establishes, maintains , and improves the ethical environment of the work settings and conditions of employment that are conducive to safe, quality health care.

6.1 The Environment and Moral Virtue
6.2 The Environment and Ethical Obligation
6.3 Responsibility for the Healthcare Environment

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Provision 7

The nurse, in all roles and settings, advances the profession through research and scholarly inquiry, professional standards development, and the generation of both nursing and health policy.

7.1 Contributions through Research and Scholarly Inquiry
7.2 Contributions through Developing, Maintaining, and Implementing Professional Practice
7.3 Contributions through Nursing and Health Policy Development

Provision 8

The nurse collaborates with other health professionals and the public to protect human rights, promote health diplomacy, and reduce health disparities.

8.1 Health Is a Universal Right
8.2 Collaboration for Health, Human Rights, and Health Diplomacy
8.3 Obligation to Advance Health and Human Rights and Reduce Disparities
8.4 Collaboration for Human Rights in Complex, Extreme, or Extraordinary Practice Settings

Provision 9

The profession of nursing, collectively through its professional organizations, must articulate nursing values, maintain the integrity of the profession, and integrate principles of social justice into nursing and health policy.

9.1 Articulation and Assertion of Values
9.2 Integrity of the Profession
9.3 Integrating Social Justice
9.4 Social Justice in Nursing and Health Policy




American Nurses Association, Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements, Washington, D.C.: American Nurses Publishing, 2015

Megan Brenan, Nurses Again Outpace Other Professions for Honesty,



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